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Coral honeysuckle

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali
Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

You can have hummingbirds sipping nectar, when you grow the tubular flowers of this showy native vine.  Clusters of blooms appear in spring and continue for weeks.  Each 1-2” flower blends coral, pink and yellow tones, fun to match with other flowers.  The way the blue-green leaves encircle and hug the stems is interesting in itself. Red berries add a little late season bonus. This woody vine is not too heavy to adorn a mailbox or light trellis in sun or very light shade and average soils. Don’t confuse it with invasive Japanese honeysuckle. This native beauty earns more fans all the time. 


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